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Russia 'madly happy' after World Cup win vs. Egypt - Artem Dzyuba

The hosts Russia continue their fine World Cup form, Japan beat 10-man Colombia and Senegal become the first African nation to win at the 2018 World Cup.

Russia striker Artem Dzyuba says his side are "madly happy" after a second straight impressive performance at the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.

The host nation virtually assured themselves a place in the knockout stage after a comfortable 3-1 victory over Egypt in St. Petersburg.

Dzyuba was on the scoresheet in the game and played a role in the opener when his pressure helped cause an Ahmed Fathi own goal. 

"The most important thing is we won. The whole country is happy I think, Russia is...

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World Cup LIVE: Mo Salah and Egypt face hosts; Japan, Senegal earn wins

Day six of the World Cup and Anthony Richardson and Ian Fiveankles look ahead to the final matches of Group H, whether the first Cruyff turn will ever be eclipsed and what player's they have for their anti-fantasy football teams.

James Rodriguez is injured and misses Colombia's opener against Japan, then Robert Lewandowski makes his first appearance of the tournament. And then the second round of group matches begins with Egypt playing Russia.

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Russian lawmaker wants 'mockery' of 2018 World Cup host team banned

The FC crew break down Russia's hot start to the World Cup and try to temper expectations ahead of their remaining group stage games.
Recap all the key storylines from the fifth day of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Lukaku's brace for Belgium, Kane's stoppage time winner for England and Egypt's hopes relying on Salah making an appearance.
Socceroo Daniel Arzani reflects on his World Cup debut, and just how proud he is to be representing Australia in Russia.

A conservative legislator in Russia wants to ban "mockery" of the 2018 World Cup host's national team because the players are "fighting for the honour of our country."

Vitaly Milonov told The Associated Press on Monday that the Russia players, who won last week's tournament opener against Saudi Arabia 5-0, and coach Stanislav Cherchesov should be considered like "our diplomats, our army."

The team -- and especially Cherchesov -- were the butt of widespread jokes and a popular parody song leading...

 By Reuters

Russia confident of keeping Mohamed Salah quiet - Stanislav Cherchesov

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop is shocked Egypt's Mohamed Salah didn't feature against Uruguay, who capitalised late to keep pace with Russia in Group A.

Russia's opening day World Cup win over Saudi Arabia has settled nerves within the squad and the hosts are confident they can keep Egypt forward Mohamed Salah quiet, says coach Stanislav Cherchesov*.

Russia face Egypt in their second match in St Petersburg on Tuesday after a resounding 5-0 victory over the Saudis that has taken them to the top of Group A, ahead of Uruguay on goal difference.

"We're preparing ourselves, we're training according to a plan. We have done everything we planned to do,"...